Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith.
Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith. Scott Davis

Do you know someone outstanding? Nominate them now.

TIME is running out to have your say on who should be considered for the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards, with nominations closing at midnight on Sunday, August 7. 

The Australian of the Year Awards rely on the public to submit nominations for fellow Australians they would like to see recognised by the Awards.  

More than 1800 individuals have already been nominated across the four Award categories: Australian of the Year, Senior of the Year (65 years and over), Young Australian (16 - 30 years) and Australia’s Local Hero .

It only takes one nomination for someone to be in the running for the Awards, but there must be a nomination formally submitted in order for them to be considered. 

Nominations can be made quickly and easily at australianoftheyear.org.au

If you do not have access to the internet, you can call the National Australia Day Council on 02 6120 0600 for assistance to submit a nomination. 

Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG, Chairman of the National Australia Day Council, said nominating someone for the Awards was a powerful way to bring recognition to people who are often very humble. 

“We’re looking for those people who are making extraordinary contributions to our communities or whose achievements are making a real difference to others,” said Mr Roberts-Smith. 

“It may be someone in your town or suburb or it could be someone you’ve never met but have admired as a fellow Australian. 

“Everyone has an opinion on who should be Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero each year, but you must submit a nomination for someone you think is worthy by midnight Sunday 7 August in order for them to be considered for the Awards.”